- DATE – 12th May 2019
- VENUE – Selhurst Park
- CROWD – 25,433
- OFFICIAL – Roger East
- CARDS – Milivojevic, Zaha, McArthur
- GOALS – Batshuayi (24, 32), Simpson (OG, 37), Lerma (45), Ibe (57), van Aanholt (65), King (73), Townsend (80)
- STAR EAGLE – Wilfried Zaha (8.7)
What a way to end the season – wins at home have been less regular than the 410 bus from Norwood Junction but this was the perfect way to sign off before we all head off in different directions. This was the attacking football travelling Palace fans have been enjoying all season and the main reason why we found ourselves challenging in the middle of the pack rather than lower down. Today was the day for Selhurst Park to witness that in all its glory. Every player had a hand in what became a celebration of a successful campaign, a brand new kit and the careers of two Palace favourites who sadly said their goodbyes.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6.5) – Once again made crucial saves when required at important parts of the game but will know he could have done better with at least one of the goals.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.5 – ASSIST!) – Great assist for Batshuayi and had a running battle with Ryan Fraser for most of the game which, of course, he edged in style.
2 JOEL WARD (6.6) – With three injured centre backs the flexible defender stood in well for them and proved to be hard to drop after his performance at Cardiff.
34 MARTIN KELLY (6.7) – Has become calm and assured this season when called upon and a real assest to this squad. Another reliable game from the centre back.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.3 – GOAL!) – Probably lucky Ward was moved into the centre, but while we have been critical of the Dutch full back for much of the season, he ended the season with a good showing and a goal to boot.
7 MAX MEYER (7.0) – One of the best games for the club from the German midfielder who revelled in the open game the longer it went on.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.1 – BOOKED!) – One of his quieter games but still played an integral role. Was unlucky with an effort come back off the post.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (7.9 – BOOKED!) – Really good game in the middle of the park by doing what he does best, working hard both in an out of possession throughout.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.8 – GOAL!) – Quoted as saying his goal tally has not been what he would have liked but got himself on the scoresheet once again in another impressive all round performance. Replaced by 28 LUKE DREHER (6.0) on 90 minutes in a short cameo for the highly rated youth product.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (8.7 – ASSIST! BOOKED! ASSIST!) – Just brilliant. Another set of away fans who just did not learn by taunting him after a clash that got him booked, only for his next task to tear down the left and set a wonderful goal for Townsend. Replaced by 26 BAKARY SAKO (6.0) on 87 minutes who got involved in the action quickly, even had time for some brief confrontation.
23 MICHY BATSHUAYI (8.2 – GOAL! GOAL!) – The Chelsea striker signed off his successful loan spell with the club by scoring two goals in quick succession which proved once again his natural eye for goal. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6.0) on 89 minutes to see out the game.
Unused substitutes – 13 Wayne Hennessey, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 32 Nikola Tavares, 17 Christian Benteke
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON – “It was a fantastic end to the season. It is nice now that I am standing here on the right end of the result that we could offer that spectacle to our fans in the final game of the season. I thought at 3-0 we would have a relatively comfortable second half but that wasn’t the case. It was an attacking party out there.”
EDDIE HOWE – “We had a real low in the first half. We didn’t defend well, didn’t react well to the first goal. We wobbled a little bit, maybe due to the inexperience in our team. We responded really well in the second half and could have scored more. We felt we could cut them open but unfortunately it was the same for their attacking play. They had pace on the counter-attack, something we struggled to handle.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Wilfried Zaha (8.7) while the most shots were shared by Andros Townsend, Max Meyer, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Fraser and Josh King (3). The most tackles were made by Nathan Ake (7) while Jordan Ibe (4) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 7.00 – 6.71
- Total shots: 17 – 16
- Shots on target: 8 – 8
- Possession: 45.1% – 54.9%
- Pass success: 80% – 83%
- Dribbles: 3 – 11
- Aerials won: 12 – 16
- Tackles: 16 – 19
- Corners: 4 – 4
- Dispossessed: 13 – 8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace end the season with 49 points from 38 games, a point behind Watford in 11th and four ahead of Newcastle United in 13th.